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Pack Up Your Troubles (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, War | 20 October 1939 (USA)
Out of work vaudevillians join the army in WWI and head for France where they encounter an American girl (Withers) whose father (Schildkraut) is a French officer. Lots of slapstick.


Lou Breslow (original screenplay), Owen Francis (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Jane Withers ... Colette
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Lynn Bari ... Yvonne
Joseph Schildkraut ... Hugo Ludwig
Stanley Fields ... Sgt. Walker
Fritz Leiber ... Pierre Ferrand
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Gen. von Boech
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Col. Giraud
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Mme. Marchand
Leon Ames ... Adjutant
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Mueller (as William Von Brincken)
Edward Gargan ... Sentry
Robert Emmett Keane ... Kane
Henry Victor ... Col. Schlager


Out of work vaudevillians join the army in WWI and head for France where they encounter an American girl (Withers) whose father (Schildkraut) is a French officer. Lots of slapstick. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Cockeyed World will laugh itself silly!


Comedy | Musical | War


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Release Date:

20 October 1939 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spoofed in Peck Up Your Troubles (1945) See more »


Who'll Buy My Flowers?
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Music by Jule Styne
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Ritz' swan song at Fox, but film better than it reputation.
14 October 2017 | by porridge-80884See all my reviews

Pack up Your Troubles is a joint vehicle for spunky, talented Jane Withers and zany comedy masters, The Ritz Brothers, Zanuch short- changed the Ritz Brothers (who intended to leave Fox" by second billing them to young Miss Withers. Jane performs a musical number and an impersonation of George M. Cohan (who was still well-known in 1939) and Eva Tanguay, the biggest of vaudeville headliners, but unknown by 1939. The Ritzes open the movie with A comedy and song routine that is supposed to tell the film audience why they could no longer get vaudeville gigs and thus had to join the Army to keep body and soul together. Sadly that is the last time we get to see a Ritz routine, so there is no precision dancing. Pack up Your Troubles seems less like a 20th Century Fox film than one from Universal, the boys' next studio, but it is better than its reputation. By the way, demeaning the Ritz Brothers is a demonstration of poor judgment. They may not be to everyone's taste, but Harry Ritz, along with Chaplin, Frank Fay and Ted Healy were the four most influential comedians of their era to other comedians. Ask Mel Brooks.

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